Anthony Joshua may accept Mike Tyson’s training offer after Eddie Hearn’s comments

Former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua could accept Mike Tyson’s offer to train him after Eddie Hearn said the Brit needs a ‘new environment’. Joshua is eyeing revenge in his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk after losing his WBO, WBA and IBF titles to the Ukrainian in north London back in September.

The pair are expected to meet in the ring again next spring and rumours are rife regarding Joshua’s coaching team, with long-term trainer Rob McCracken’s future in doubt.

The Brit’s promoter Hearn believes Joshua’s recent trip to the United States was to understand boxing in the country – but the Matchroom Boss implied Joshua needs a change of environment.

“I believe he needs to change his environment,” Hearn told DAZN. 

“Everyone keeps saying to me, ‘Who do you think is the best trainer for AJ?’ I said it’s just the person he believes in; he feels comfortable with and can sit him on the stool and change the direction of a fight at the right time. Rob McCracken is his trainer, his mentor, his adviser.

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“I believe that’s a good move for him. He’s been in Sheffield since he’s been 18. The trip wasn’t about identifying a new trainer; it was about learning and new environments.”

Meanwhile, former undisputed heavyweight champion ‘Iron Mike’ Tyson revealed he would be ‘honoured’ to train Joshua ahead of his 2022 bout with Usyk.

Tyson, who could fight Logan Paul as he eyes a return to the ring in February, met with AJ’s promoter Hearn at Canelo Alvarez’s win over Caleb Plant in Las Vegas last weekend.

When it was suggested he could work with the 2012 Olympic champion, Tyson told ES News: “That’d be an honour. Not to fight, but to help each other – that’d be awesome.

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“He has so much potential, he should not be depressed. Him and (Deontay) Wilder should not be depressed and give up on the world.”

Joshua also held a meeting with Tyson’s former coach Ronnie Shields last month, who was open to the idea of helping the Watford-born star.

“They reached out to me and they asked if I would be interested in taking a look at AJ and that he wanted to come down to Texas and see if things would work out between him and I,” Shields told Thaboxingvoice.

“I said, ‘No problem, I would love to see if we had a connection together’.

“It would be great to get him to reclaim the world titles he lost to Usyk and I think I’ve got the capabilities to help him do that.

“For me it’s about the game plan. We talked about a lot of stuff and we watched a few rounds of the Usyk fight together. I pointed out a few things that he should have done but he didn’t do.

“I think our chemistry was really good but I’m not going to lose sleep over [whether he chooses me].”

Hearn explained the reasons for speaking to potential coaches was to understand the different techniques and mindset while out in the States, and suggested the Brit should base his camp in America to ‘freshen him up’.

The winner between AJ and Usyk in the rematch appears set to face Tyson Fury in a unification bout after the Brit retained his title in his epic grudge trilogy match against Deontay Wilder last month.

A deal between the British rivals was supposedly close to being struck earlier this year in a highly-anticipated fight to unify the division and crown the undisputed champion of the world as the compatriots held all four heavyweight belts.  

However, complications arose when Wilder triggered a clause forcing the American to fight Fury for the third time and an arbitration ruled in favour of the Bronze Bomber.

Despite their obstacles, Joshua recently swore he will do all he can to fight his Fury.

“I know what people are saying about boxing politics, but I’ll promise before the end of my career I will have done everything in my power to fight Tyson Fury,” Joshua told The Daily Mail. 

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